Knights Drop Heartbreaker
Tyler Consolidated rode a four-game winning streak while headed to Glenville Thursday night, looking to make win number five in a fifth-place LKC Tournament game. However, the Titans of Gilmer County pulled out a 50-48 win, stunning the Lady Knights.
Gilmer went up on the Knights early, and it looked like the game might be a blowout as the Titans took a 19-point lead after one period, 27-8. However, the never-say-never Knights put on a run of their own in the second quarter, holding the Titans to just two points while scoring 10, closing the gap to 11 at the break.
During the period Josey Jones hit for six points, and JoLee Walton accounted for the other four.
The Knights doubled up on the Titans in the third period as Amanda Reynolds scored all 10 of her points, including two three-pointers and a 4-4 showing from the free throw line. The Knights took the quarter, 20-10, and pulled to within one going into the final eight minutes.
The last quarter was a nip-and-tug battle as the lead changed four times, but in the end, Gilmer County survived, outscoring the Silver Knights by one, 11-10. Gilmer County got the winning bucket on a layup with time running out. Gilmer had the game’s top scorer in Grace Wellings, who hit for 18, 13 of which came in the first quarter. She was backed by Hannah Grove with 15 and Boyley Wellings with 10.
The Knights got consistent scoring from Walton as she finished with a team-high 15, while Jones ended with 11, including a three. Peyton Kocher hit for eight, including two three-pointers. Regan Smith and Alexa Johnson each added two points. Johnson and Walton each grabbed six rebounds, and Jones collared four. Jones came through with six steals and three assists. The Knights hit 17 field goals out of 42 attempts and nailed 9-12 free throws.
Silver Knights Win Fourth Straight
Tyler Consolidated hosted Wirt County in a regular season girls basketball game on Monday, Feb. 5, earning their fourth straight win. The Knights defeated the visiting Tigers, 69-35, behind a huge night from junior guard Josey Jones.
The Knights outscored the Tigers in every quarter and went up 14-8 after the first; they then turned it on in the second frame with a 22-7 run to give them a 21-point lead at the break. Jones, who had a career night with 29 points on 14 field goals and 1-2 from the line, led the charge. She was also credited with six steals and five rebounds. She was backed by junior guard Peyton Kocher, who hit for 14 points, including a three ball. Alexa Johnson, who has been a factor lately, stepped up with eight points and seven rebounds, while Amanda Reynolds hit a three and ended with seven markers.
JoLee Walton added five points and six rebounds. Miranda Weekley knocked in a basket for two points while also playing a good floor game that included two steals. Kelsi Vandruff nailed a basket for two points to round out the scoring.
The Knights hit 30 field goals on 48 attempts and knocked in 7-13 from the line. They also led in rebounds, 33-19, and caused 14 Wirt County turnovers.
“We played well. Our transition offense was great; we really found our outlets and passed the ball quickly up the floor,” said Silver Knights Coach Cathy Boggs.
“I’m very pleased with our progress so far; the girls seem to be focused and ready for the sectionals,” said Boggs.
“All of the girls are getting quality playing time, which will certainly help us down the road. The more experience we get from everyone, the better prepared we will be as sectonals roll around.”
Josey Jones, who only played a little under three quarters, looked like she could score at-will Monday, and easily could have hit for 50 if she had wanted; however, if you have ever watched the Knights play, they play selfless basketball. Coach Boggs tries to get everyone as much time as possible. Look for them to be very competitive in the coming days as they approach the tournaments.